To draw a Tie Fighter, it's best to first draw a 3 dimensional cube shape. Because of the angle we will be working at, draw your cube somewhat tall and draw the sides a bit shallow (almost like a rectangular cube, rather than a square cube). Draw the cube skewed slightly, as if it's leaning forward. Draw very lightly with the help of a ruler and a 2H or harder pencil so the lines are easy to erase later on.
We need to find the center location for both sides of the cube, as well as the very center for the cube itself. Draw an X from corner to corner on each side of the cube (red lines). The intersection of the X's will be the center of the sides. Then draw a line connecting the intersections (green line). This is the center line of the entire cube. In the middle of the center line, draw a perfect circle with the help of a circular template tool or protractor. These are still just guide lines, so remember to draw lightly.
Our final guide lines are diagonal lines that run through the X intersections as seen here. Be sure that these lines are parallel to the top and bottom edges of the cube. The lines should protrude beyond the front and back edges of the cube just slightly.
Now that all of our guide lines are in place, let's begin working on the outer framework of the wings, which are vertical rather than horizontal. The wings each have six side, the top and bottom side are in line with the top and bottom edges of our cube. Notice how the front and back corners of the polygon shape meet with the tips of the guide lines we made in step 3. Make the edges of the wings 3 dimensional, as if made out of 6 metal beams connected at their ends.
Next, let's draw the inner framework of the wings. Each wing should have 3 long beams running from corner to opposing corner, creating a 6-sided star shape. The intersections should meet the X intersections we created in step 2. It's ok if the intersections are a bit messy looking, as we will erase them in the next step.
Erase the intersections created in the previous step so that we can insert circular connection panels. These panels are covered with plates, panels, and random circuitry. The arms that connect the wings to the cockpit will mount in the center of the inside of these panels, so keep that in mind when drawing the left panel.
To draw the cockpit, use your circular guide line created in step 2 to draw a more precise circle. Use your circular template tool or protractor in order to create perfect circles. At the lower, left section of the circle is the window. It is in a circular shape with an octagonal panel in the center. The corner of the panel have bars sticking out of it which connect it to the trim for the window.
Before we draw more detail on the cockpit, we need to draw the arms that connect it to the wings. These are large, cylindrical shaped pieces that are covered with panels. Notice how the arms are wider where they connect to the cockpit than they are to the wings.
Let's return to the wings and draw grooves on the large panels between the framework. Each panel is covered with a series of lines running parallel to themselves which point in the general direction where the cockpit arms connect to the wings.
Let's add more detail to the starfighter by adorning it with more panels and plates. Notice how the cockpit has numerous rounded plates that start near the window and wrap around towards the back of the cockpit. Don't forget to draw the two small laser blasters beneath the window of the cockpit!
This is a good time to ink the image. Using Micron marker, a ruler, and a circular template tool, carefully ink over your pencil marks. Be careful not to ink any unneeded guide lines or pencil mistakes. After you're done inking, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
To make the image more interesting, let's draw the Tie Fighter flying through space. Black out the entire background of the image with a brush and ink or a fat felt tipped marker. Also black out the window.
If you wish, you can add a couple of laser beams being shot out by the blasters. To do this, use white ink or opaque white paint to draw two parallel lines starting at the blasters and bleeding off the page. Make sure that these lines are parallel to the bottom edges of the wings. After the ink or paint has fully dried, outline it with a black Micron.
As a final step, we can add stars to the background. This step can be accomplished in different ways. The first method is to dip the tip of a toothpick in your white ink or paint and dot the surface of your page with as many stars as you wish. Also be sure to dot a few stars in the reflection of the window of the cockpit. This method is effective, but it can be time consuming and the stars may not look random enough. Another method is to cut out pieces of paper and place them over your Tie Fighter so that the image is well protected. Then dip a brush or toothpick in your white ink or paint and carefully flick the fluid onto the background of your illustration. This will create random, natural looking speckles that look just like a starry sky. It is a good idea to do a few practice flicks on a piece of scratch paper before doing it to your illustration. Also be sure to protect your work-space (and perhaps your floor) from over -splatter with extra scratch paper or a sheet. And that's it! That's how you draw a Tie Fighter. Perhaps the coolest starfighter ever created!
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